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View Poll Results: What is your favorite guitar?
Martin 4 7.69%
Gibson acoustic 1 1.92%
Takamine 0 0%
Ovation 1 1.92%
Fender Telecaster or Stratocaster 13 25.00%
Gibson Les Paul or SG 16 30.77%
Gibson hollowbody electric 0 0%
Ibanez electric 2 3.85%
ESP, Jackson, or Schechter shredder guitar (or similar) 0 0%
Nylon string guitar 1 1.92%
Electric bass guitar 2 3.85%
Other, specify 12 23.08%
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 10:12 AM   #1
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Guitarists, what's your favorite guitar?

When I was first learning how to play, I only knew of three brands of acoustics on the market which were the overpriced and hard to find Martin, mid-level Gibson, and affordable Takamine. Today, there are so many great guitars available to the new player. What floats your boat?

(As for the "other" category it could be anything: ukelele, Fender Jaguar/Jazzmaster, Gretsch, 7/8/12 string guitar, Mosrite, Gibson Melody Maker, Epiphone Firebird, Schechter Corsair hollowbody, Yamaha Pacifica, Godin acoustic-electric, Breedlove, double necked guitar, Ibanez Artcore/Artstar, Silvertone, Danelectro, Charvel or Jackson Surfcaster, Paul Reed Smith, Rickenbacker, etc.) Also, put Epiphone LP/SG with Gibson and Squier strat/tele with Fender.

Over many years, I started with a Takamine D-18 style copy, moved onto Gibson and Ovation, and finally got that Martin. They were all really pretty much the same for the most part but the sound was only as good as how good or bad I was.

As for electrics, I have had all on the list but these days I use the affordable, but good Ibanez AS-73 hollowbody and mid-level ESP/LTD Viper 301 solidbody with aftermarket Bigsby tremolo of which both would be considered in the "other" category of guitars. My all time favorite guitar I have ever owned was an old, beat to heck Fender Telecaster. I currently don't have an acoustic, but if I did, I would sell one electric and get something like a Taylor Big Baby or Takamine solid spruce top cutaway steel string with EQ.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 11:07 AM   #2
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Les Paul all the way. The tone suits what I play best.

I love the shape of the Les Paul, but for some reason really don't like the SG... maybe I'm just weird.

In terms of pure shape, I love the Explorer.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 11:08 AM   #3
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When I went to purchase my first guitar above starter level, I could not make up my mind if I wanted Fender or Gibson, so I went with PRS...happy with it.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 11:34 AM   #4
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When I went to purchase my first guitar above starter level, I could not make up my mind if I wanted Fender or Gibson, so I went with PRS...happy with it.
When I first tried a PRS, I didn't like the squarish neck joint and it bothered me on higher note access. But where the Fender Stratocaster lacked sustain but had a great two horn body balance with strap, and the Les Paul suffered from muddy note separation at certain settings but had that legendary sustain, the PRS had that great two horn body balance that made a legend out of the Stratocaster AND the great sustain of the Les Paul by sporting two really good humbuckers which PRS upped in gain but somehow kept clearer in note separation.

In later years when I started focusing more on composition more than soloing, I didn't feel as much a need to shred on the higher frets as much so the PRS neck joint didn't bother me at all. If PRS made a neck joint with more access and no sharp edges (see Aria Les Paul copy example), they may win over those who don't like the current square neck joint. For many years a lot of makers tried to fuse the strengths of the Stratocaster and Les Paul into one guitar but with no success until PRS got it right. The PRS is one heck of a sexy guitar (and the girl it comes with ain't so bad, either http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0lkaqQBjg0 ).
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 12:24 PM   #5
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Ovation all the way for acoustic. they don't have a super acoustic sound like a martin or whatever, but they are built like tanks. destroyed i don't even remember how many acoustic/electrics or the last 20 years worth of gigs, got an ovation, and have had the same guitar now for 8+ years. amazing!

have a strat, but mostly due to my SRV obsession. if i buy another, it would be a PRS for sure. amazing sound, build quality.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 12:30 PM   #6
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if i buy another, it would be a PRS for sure. amazing sound, build quality.
Nice voicing for sure, with velvety soft frets, twin humbuckers, and a overall sleek build! OK, I gotta stop.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 01:53 PM   #7
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I'm on the fence here, as there are 4 guitars that are my go-to ones each and every time, with my choice at that time being feel.

My first is the used Jackson PC1 I picked up for $899. Seeing that it was 1/4th the MSRP, it was a steal. Phil was the first guitarist I ever saw play, and from there I was hooked.

Second, also used, is my Yngwie Malmsteen Signature Strat. Say what you want about scalloped frets, but they really do help with bends and vibrato, and is not hard at all to keep in tune. If you can't keep it in tune, you're pressing down on the fretboard too hard. Anyway, this is also my go-to guitar for rainy day music, when you feel like playing, but don't feel like playing anything heavy or shredding your arse off.

Third: my first real guitar: Ibanez RG560 Laser Blue. They have the 25th anniversary edition out, which looks exactly like the one I have that I picked up in 1991. The only difference between it and the original is that the pickup switch on the original is 3-way, while the 25th edition is 5-way. I may pick this one up just because!

finally, my ESP/LTD George Lynch M1 Tiger. After Phil Collen, my playing went harder, and I found the guy that influenced my playing the most. I couldn't afford any of his gear in the 90s, and though he started his own line, Mr. Scary Guitars alongside ESP, it was his first set that was the best, starting with the Tiger. I preferred the original over the Sunset.

As far as acoustics go, I'd say Ovations, followed by nylon-string guitars. You get a different sound and tone altogether from nylon-stringed guitars. They're a lot warmer and woodsy compared to the brass of nickel/steel strings. I've taken a liking to them thanks to Ottmar Liebert and Rodrigo y Gabriela. As a cloudy or rainy day changes one's mood, so goes the playing.

So for me, it's a tossup on how I feel and what feels best.

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Old Nov 30, 2012, 06:03 PM   #8
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My favorite acoustic guitar that I've used is a Squier. I own one and it's great for getting a nice, clean sound, nicer than a lot of more expensive guitars I've used. (I don't really use distortion at all)

Mine is a really nice-looking, red one with a rosewood fingerboard. I'll post pictures of it later. I kind of wish I bought it in blue, those look really nice .
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Old Dec 1, 2012, 04:46 PM   #9
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I have 3 guitars 1 about to be delivered next month.

PRS SE Standard 24
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and in Jan I will have a Jackson DK2t Trans Black

My favorite guitar is the PRS I love the way it sounds and how easily I can play it.
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Old Dec 2, 2012, 10:57 AM   #10
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I suppose I'll always have a soft spot for a Gibson Les Paul. The design, the sound...oh man. I don't actually own one though, as a complete rookie I'm still plucking away on my Epiphone Les Paul Standard. I'd have to be A LOT better before I considered actually getting one.
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I've got a total of about 9 guitars, and that's including acoustic, electric, and bass guitars. I have to say that my favorite is my '79 Fender Telecaster Thinline. I love the semi-hollow body, although you've gotta watch out for feedback because of it.
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Being a bassist, I prefer Fender basses these days, mostly the Jazz. Back in the 70's my main bass was a 1973 Rickenbacker 4001. A great bass, but very limited sound wise
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Old Jan 16, 2013, 10:21 AM   #16
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Any SG, doesn't have to be Gibson.
Sweet. Makes me think of Angus Young.
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Old Jan 16, 2013, 11:23 AM   #17
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"Electric bass guitar" is a bit of a limited option!

Currently I'm trying to decide if I perfer my Warwick Corvette Proline or my EB Musicman Stingray

Given the money I'd go for either a Wal MkII 4 string, an ACG jazz or a Shuker JJ
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hey bud!

as a professional guitarist I had to choose nylon string classical. My choice would probably be a Robert Ruck built circa late '80s with Western Red Cedar Top (french polished of course) & Brazilian Rosewood back and sides.

That said being originally from Wisconsin (as you know) I have always been partial to Les Paul's for my electric rig. I do love me a McCarty 10-top Paul Reed Smith though as well. Dang I need to win the lottery

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I've only owned two electrics; a Yammy Pacifica and an Ibanez RGR320EX. Neither would I consider my favourite, at all. I'm looking to buy a Strat fairly soon, probably a 60s Classic Player strat, so I'm really looking forward to trading my Ibanez in and getting that. Pretty excited actually! I don't have a favourite yet, i've not played enough guitars.
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"Other" being an EVH Wolfgang. I've been drooling over that guitar since I played it and only wish I could afford one. It plays like a dream, great action, great tone, fast/loose pots.

I'm a big Van Halen fan and always dream of playing like Eddie. On a side note, I've also been sitting on a project to build myself an EVH Frankenstrat but haven't gotten around to it due to the lack of time..... 2.5 years and counting
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About 1000 years ago (60's) I bought a Gibson B25-12. I had it for about 20 years, and I don't know now why I ever got rid of it.

Wish I still had it.
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when I attempted to play bass and guitar

when I tried to learn Bass, BC Rich was my weapon of choice both times I attempted.

Guitar = ESP. Guitar-wise, the ESP Les Paul copy I had, sported a thin neck and nicely sanded frets. Great for a beginner. The sound was decent too.

Sadly, my arthritic wrists kaboshed my playing both instruments.

Nice to see the variety here.
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